Watch: The Full Solar Eclipse Darkens the World from an Alaska Airlines Flight

Thursday, 10 March 2016 - 9:46AM
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Thursday, 10 March 2016 - 9:46AM
Watch: The Full Solar Eclipse Darkens the World from an Alaska Airlines Flight
The only full solar eclipse of the year happened on Tuesday night, and it was such a momentous event, Alaska Airlines changed one of its flights to allow customers to see the celestial event from a plane. And it didn't disappoint, as the footage taken from the plane is absolutely gorgeous--and unexpectedly hilarious.



The solar eclipse occurs when the moon is new and the Sun and Moon are in conjunction as seen from Earth; or in other words, the Moon blocks the Sun's light from reaching Earth. In the video, you can see the moon's shadow quickly envelop the sky, and the sun get smaller and smaller until it's blocked completely, so only the faint light from the corona (the ring of plasma that surrounds the sun) can be seen. Around the two minute mark you can also see the sun's prominences, the loop-shaped gaseous extensions from the Sun's surfaces.

Solar Eclipse

But the best/worst part of the video is the cheering coming from the background, and especially the photographer's absurdly enthused commentary. "Corona! Diamond ring! Totality! Totality! Prominences! Look at that! Prominences! Red all around! Full shadow! Completely elongated! Prominences! Look at that! Elongated! Oh my god! Look at that! Totality!" (No, but seriously, that's what he says. This is the next Double Rainbow.)

Now all we need is a "Totality" remix:

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